News & Events

News and Upcoming Events

Community Vigil
Monday 25th November 2019
Martin Place, Sydney, 5.30pm – 7:30

A vigil to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Not all disrespect ends in violence but all violence starts with disrespect.

6 easy ways to make NSW a Safe State!
1.Sign the call for action at
2.Share the campaign on social media #SafeNSW
3.Take a photo with this flyer, share on social media and send to
4.Write a letter to your local MP
5.Put up A Safe State poster in your community and workplace (available at
6.Promote A Safe State at your next event and ask people to join our call for action.

National Older Women’s Network (NOWN) 25th National Conference

Registrations are now open for the National Older Women’s Network (NOWN) 25th National Conference, hosted by OWN NSW to be held at the Sydney Masonic Conference and Function Centre (SMC) on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th  October 2019.

The conference will bring our members from Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales to discuss issues of importance under the theme “A Place to Call Home”. Our theme was chosen to reflect the needs of older women for secure housing for shelter, a safe environment free from violence, and economic empowerment for independence and sustaining a healthy life.

Jane Caro is our confirmed keynote speaker. Jane is a social commentator, writer and lecturer based in Australia. We are indeed very lucky to receive the support of Susan Ryan AO and Quentin Bryce AD CVO in discussion on Day Two.

Confirmed panellists on Day One include Eva Cox AO, Wendy Bacon, Moo Baulch, Jenna Price, Amani Haydar, Katherine McKernan, Sharron McKinnon, Nareen Young, Debbie Georgopoulos, and Kate Walsh. NOWN Ambassador, Shirley Randell will be presenting the closing address.

Speakers for Day Two include Meredith Burgmann, Kim Boettcher and Rita Martin.

This is a not to be missed event.

The conference will be opened up to the public (registrations here). A Ministerial Reception for members only will be held at Parliament House on Thursday 17th October.  

When: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th  October 2019. 
Where: Sydney Masonic Conference and Function Centre (SMC) 

Please forward all registrations to or post to OWN NSW, 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown 2042 by 11th October.

Download the registration form here.

Download the flyer here

See the Programme here

Anti Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is coming up and we’d like you to help us to send a strong message to our political leaders that more must be done to address economic inequality.

To help us send this message, we are asking you to do 3 things:

  1. Write on the attached Map what you think needs to be done to address economic inequality and disadvantage in your community, for example: greater support for community transport providers, more funding to address homelessness etc.
  2. Scan or take a photo of the Map and send it back to us at We will add it to a larger map of NSW, which will be unveiled in NSW Parliament House at the end of October.
  3. During Anti-Poverty Week, post a photo of you holding your Map on social media. You can also send us the photo to post on our social media channels. We will send you a reminder about this request closer to the Week.

Together we can bridge the gap across our state and build a NSW free from poverty and inequality

Download the map here.

There’s never been a better time to get online – OWN NSW Event

Discover how being online can help you to find information & add new experiences to your life. Join our FREE drop-in session to help older women get online. A total beginner? Want to learn how to get train timetables on your phone? Don’t know how to upload photos on social media? We can help you with wherever you are at.

When: Thursday 1st August 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Older Women’s Network 8 – 10, Victoria Street, Newtown
RSVP is necessary to book your place phone 9519 8044 or email
Morning tea provided.
Learn something new, & be connected in a safe and friendly place

Download the flyer here


Government House Ballroom Saturday 28th September 2019

RSVP by Wednesday 11th September 2019
Cate Turner, Project Officer, 1/36 Centennial Ave, LANE COVE NSW 2066
PH 9428 2905 Email:

Download the Application Form here

Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre 10th Anniversary Luncheon

Invitation to celebrate the 10th year of Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre.
Time: 1130 TO 3PM
RSVP: Rsvp 19th of August. Acceptance and payment can be made at Wellness Centre further inquiries, email Janice –
Cost: $50 two course set menu

Download the flyer here

OWN Sydney Event

OWN Sydney invites you to come and explore the question Why Me? The discussion will be led through the eyes and experiences of two different women: Jozefa Sobski – Migrant Girl to Active Citizen and Menaka Cooke – A Single Mother who Dared to Dream and now desires to give. There will also be stories from the floor.

When: Thursday, July 11
Where: 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown.
Time: 10 am for a 10.30 start.
RSVP: By Monday 8th July. Important as we need numbers for the catered lunch. Please call Cate Turner: Phone 9428 2905 or e mail OR Anne-Marie Kestle: Phone 9622 0717 or email


OWN will be participating in a collaborative event facilitated by Seniors Rights Service, Older Women’s Network and Older Persons Network Advocacy. Supported by the Narrabri Shire. The panel discussion will focus on rights of older people, financial and emotional vulnerabilities and their safety.

The Crossing Theatre
Where: 117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri NSW
When: 29 June 2019, 09:30-4pm
Registration & Morning Tea Register online – Click Here
Or call 02 95198044 Latest registrations 28 June

View the flyer here

Don’t Knock Your Granny at the Griffin Theatre

The Older Women’s Network Theatre Group is performing at Batch – a three-week fiesta of the freshest, wildest and most inventive new shows in Sydney featuring an exciting crop of storytellers, poets, comedy artists and non-traditional performance makers.  It will be held at the Stables Theatre in Kings Cross. Support our Theatre Group and book a ticket. (Stair access only)

Saturday 4 May at 5pm
Learn more or buy tickets here

Stepping On at OWN NSW

Stepping On is a free program for people over the age of 65 years living in the community. The aim of the program is to reduce falls, increase confidence and give people the tools to remain active, safe and independent. It is considered one of the most effective evidence-based falls prevention programs available 

Participants attend seven two-hour group sessions, during which they learn about strengthening and balance exercises, safe footwear, medication management, vision, nutrition, moving safely in the community and reducing hazards around the home that can lead to accidents.

The program has a range of guest speakers including: occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, pharmacists, transport and safety presenters.

Read more about the Stepping On program here. You can also watch a video here.
The program runs one day per week over 7 weeks.

When:  Thursday 2nd May and then weekly Thursdays  until the 13th of June with a booster session 2 months later on the 15th August at the same time.
Where:  OWN NSW, 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown  
Time:    1:00 pm to 3:00pm
Cost:    FREE

Modified Sports for Older People

Walking Netball anyone?

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services, offers low impact sports to help older people lead healthy, active and happy lives. These are delivered in partnership with Football NSW, Netball NSW, Gymnastics NSW, Softball NSW, Basketball NSW and Table Tennis NSW. These modified sports give older people the opportunity to participate in lower-impact versions of these activities tailored for different ability levels.

For more information on how to get involved or to register your interest please contact the providers. Download the flyer here.

OWN Sydney Event

Women In Science

Our speaker, Anne Harbers, M Arts, a W.E.A lecturer, will take us on an amazing journey of women scientists’ achievements. You may also have a chance to participate in a
simple Science experiment.

When: THURSDAY 11th April
Where: 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown
TIME: 10 am for a 10:30 start

RSVP by the 8th April Anne-Marie Kestle – 9622 0717 .
Cate Turner – 9428 2905

Download the flyer here

Housing Assembly

Housing is a human right, but homeless older women are not getting the support they need to have safe shelter.
We need more social housing. We demand Affordable Housing!

We will join 2500 community leaders and citizens and  gather at Sydney Town Hall. We are there to seek clear commitments from federal and NSW leaders on affordable and secure rental housing and affordable renewable household energy. Please join us and make the voice of older women heard.

When: Thursday 14th March 
Time: 6:30pm – 8:40pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Register: email OWN or phone the office on 9519 8044

Download the flyer here

Make your Vote Count

Women decide elections and this Make your Vote Count workshop will educate you on how to use your vote well on election day.This event is a collaboration between the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) and OWN and this one is supported by City of Canterbury Bankstown.  We can also offer this workshop to each network group. Contact the office to register or for more details about hosting a workshop.

When: Wednesday 13th March 
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Where: The Cottage, 28 Croydon Street, Lakemba
Register: email OWN or phone the office on 9519 8044

Download the flyer here

Generation Women

We had an entertaining night at Generation Women, an inter-generational storytelling night held at the GiantDwarf  theatre. Lyn Maciver, our board member, did us proud with her story on the theme of “My biggest secret”. As the older, wiser woman at the end of the night, she brought all the stories to a nicely rounded conclusion with her insights.

This event is held monthly at the theatre and we encourage you all to try and get along.

Generation Women at Giant Dwarf Theatre on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Read Lyn’s full story telling here.

Two Good Co.

In 2015, Two Good Co. launched there ‘Eat one, treat one’ model. For every meal purchased, they give an identical one to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors. As of 2017, they have served over 43,486 meals to women in refuges across Sydney and Melbourne. Now, with our help, they are proposing an opportunity for Older Women.

Have you experienced domestic violence or other trauma?
Are you 50 years old and over?
Do you want to work but have not had any luck?

If you have said ‘yes’ to all of the above, then Two Good’s WORK WORK program could be for you. Two Good runs a purpose driven training program to support older women who have, or are experiencing domestic violence or other trauma. It offers employment for 4 months in its catering kitchen, and no experience is necessary. In fact, you will be trained and provided with help to write your resume and prepare for interviews.

Are you a match for Work Work?
Contact Alex for m ore info or to register for an interview. 0435 864 123

Download the flyer here

Exercise for Brain Health 
Concerned about your memory?

The University of Sydney is looking for people aged 60 and older
(no upper limit!) who have memory concerns, but do not have
dementia to join the BRAIN Training Study.

Contact Ms Isabel Shih at The University of Sydney on
9036-7418 or email them at
Learn more here


If you’re feeling like you could use extra company in your life, the
Befriending Program has volunteers who will regularly call and visit people
who are feeling left out and provide them with company, conversation and
friendship. Read more here

Tuesday 26 March 10am to 12pm
at Club on East, 7 East Parade, Sutherland
RSVP online by 21 March at
Come along and meet the community organisations and volunteers, and
see if the program is right for you.

Moneywise at the Older Women’s Network (Free Workshop)

Women are living longer but on less. Get great tips and ideas on managing money as you age.Join us at the Older Women’s Network NSW for a Moneywise session hosted in association with the Good Shepherd Foundation. Get great tips on understanding your money and all the concessions and subsidies you are entitled to and much more.

Understand your money personality.
Understand all the subsidies and concessions available to you.
Learn how to reduce electricity, gas and water bills.
Learn how to avoid scams.
Elder financial abuse. How to say no to family and friends.

When: Friday 1st March 
Time: 1:30 – 4pm
Where: 8-10 Victoria St Newtown 
Register: email OWN or phone the office on 9519 8044


National OWN warmly invites all to its International Women’s Day event “Older Women on Top” to be held on Thursday March 7th at Point Clare Community Hall, 49 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare. The local OWN Groups are actively supporting this event.  Point Clare is a delightful location right on the water. The venue is right at the station and there are regular trains. Parking is available at the rear of the venue or in the Aldi carpark. There will be networking, fun and entertainment featuring the OWN Theatre Group after a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  All the elements for a fabulous day out!

When: Thursday 7th March
Time 10.30 to 3.30
Where: Point Clare Community Hall
Register: email or phone 0404 735 698

Download a flyer here

It’s Still Germaine: workshops on women and their stories, on feminism, now and then


You are invited to participate in some free of charge, creative workshops that will investigate what it is to be a woman today.

You will speak and write your stories: big and little. You will recall women’s liberation to see what was achieved and what was lost. Then you will have fun.

The group will take our stories and create movement and sound based creative episodes, through improvisation, games and play.

The workshops are facilitated by our very own Pauline Manley. She has a PhD in dance phenomenology from the University of Sydney, Centre for Performance Studies. She has worked as an academic for 25 year sand dances with an improvisation group and also facilitates our New Moves classes for mature women to find their inner groove.

“I need my dance and my life to be both serious and hilarious. These workshops will be both serious and hilarious.” Pauline

Download flyer here
Register your attendance at:
Times & Dates: 4pm -6.30 Dec 8 & 22 Jan 12 & 26
Address: 8-10 Victoria St Newtown (behind Marlborough Hotel)

Wild choir – re-wild your voice (Free Workshop)

Starting with simple improvisation games and warm-ups, we will explore
different sounds that we can make with our voices and the natural
percussion of our bodies. We will both experiment with our unique
individual sounds, and work collectively, creating/composing short pieces
using texture, timbre, and rhythm. We may even make up tunes – anything
could happen!
No previous musical or improvisation experience required, all our
welcome. If you have ever been told you can’t sing, please come and join
in – this will be different! Just bring an open mind and willingness to

When: Saturday 16th February 
Time: 10:00 am – 1 pm
Where: 8-10 Victoria St Newtown 
Register: email OWN or phone the office on 9519 8022
Download the Wild Choir Flyer

Legal Pathways for older people project
This project aims to help older people obtain free or reduced cost legal assistance.
The type of assistance given may be a face-to-face consultation, or a referral to an appropriate legal service.
This assistance is available to Aged Pensioners or holders of a Commonwealth
Seniors Health Card.
Legal Pathways for older people project flyer
The Legal Pathways for Older People project is a partnership between Council
on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) and Legal Aid NSW.

Women, Ageing and Disadvantage
Why are older women the fastest growing demographic of people experiencing homelessness? Why are over 70% of older people who report abuse women? What can be done to halt the rapidly increasing number of older women experiencing social disadvantage?
Participate in two forums facilitated by Ellen Fanning to discuss these issues.
ATTEND THE SYMPOSIUM: 28 November 9:30 – 12pm
Facilitated by Ellen Fanning
Expert panelists
: Sarah Lambert, Terrie Leoleos, Prof Deborah Loxton, Kimberley Olsen, Barbara O’Neill, Lesley Robson, Jody Broun, Prof Julie Byles, Angela Budai, Sam Edmonds, Katherine McKernan, Mary Patetsos, Hon Susan Ryan AO

Drop in and Get Online this Thursday 18th October and try one new thing. #try1thing
OWN NSW invite you to at our Open Day on Thursday 18th October
10am – 2pm at 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown
Older Women of any age are welcome to come and join us for Get Online Week. Bring any of your own devices or use ours – phones, laptops, computers or iPad/tablets and we will help answer any questions about the digital world or get you started on something new. 
Morning and afternoon tea provided. Drop in for a cuppa and try one new thing. #try1thing

OWN NSW Drop in and get Online Flyer

OWN NSW Annual State Conference and Annual General Meeting
we are still accepting registrations. All Welcome.

AGM: Thursday 25th October Venue: Castlereagh Boutique Hotel Sydney

Social Day: Friday 26th October

OWN NSW Annual Conference and AGM Registration Form

OWN NSW Annual Conference and AGM Agenda

OWN NSW Social Day: Friday 26th October – Join us for a fun day out in historic La  Perouse. We shall visit the La Perouse Museum – housed in a heritage building  the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse. Lapérouse arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. His expedition was last seen in what is now national parkland before mysteriously vanishing. The fascinating exhibits in La Perouse Museum also tell stories of the local area, including Aboriginal stories. Afterwards join us for lunch at Yarra Bay Sailing Club.

Information for OWN NSW Social Day

Bankstown Wellness Centre – The Early Years Historic Photographic Exhibition
This was a huge success. thank you to all involved.

OWN Quarterly Forum/Meeting Dates 
Location: OWN NSW 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown NSW 2042
9th August 2018
8th November 2018
14th February 2019
9th May 2019

Living to 100 Conference
Date: 7 & 8 September 2018
Venue: ICC Darling Harbour
Read more and register here

Ageing with Purpose Forum
Guest Speaker — Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10am – 1pm
Venue: The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade Kingsford
Bookings are essential. Morning tea will be provided.
Read more and register here or call 9382 3753


The Feisty Women of Oz present
Don’t Knock Your Granny

Six Feisty Women of Oz are off to EdFringe 2018 to perform their edgy cabaret-style show Don’t Knock Your Granny (DKYG).

DKYG is a satirical show that shines a light on the dark topic of elder abuse—our society’s ‘dirty silent secret’.

But amid the dark, there are songs, skits, plenty of laughs, and even a puppet or two who will try to get a word in!

Conceived in response to rising levels of domestic and elder abuse, DKYG brings true stories of survivors to life and sends the message that there’s no excuse for elder abuse. Not now, not ever. 

Director Jo Cahill took up the challenge to rework DKYG for the Fringe Festival, giving it an extra zing and a fresh injection of humour.

‘This is a bunch of ordinary women with an extraordinary message and I’m thrilled to be involved. It’s as entertaining as it is enlightening,’ Cahill said.

And at this age, they don’t believe in long runs so book to see the show now, follow them on Facebook or show your support through a donation at Go Fund Me.

When: 9, 10, 11 August @ 1:45pm
Venue: Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
Address: 29 – 31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE
Cost: 10 pounds

Support them on Go Fund Me. OR type into your browser Help Fund Feisty Women of Oz

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10 Questions to ask before you enter residential aged care

The Older Women’s Network NSW has a long and proud tradition of working with partner organisations to advance the interests of older women. Over the last six months we have joined a group of aged care professionals, consumers, carers and nurses   to help produce a  new series of  leaflets  to support older people as they navigate the aged care system.

 Given that many older people are daunted by the complexity and enormous potential expense of residential aged care, the first leaflets cover a range of topics such as aged care fees and contracts, staffing, GP services, cultural needs, palliative care and lifestyle.

Access the leaflets here


Past news and events

Older Women’s Network NSW – Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August 2016
Click here for 2016 AGM & Conference Registration form.
Click here for 2016 Conference Accommodation Options.


Sutherland OWN Celebrates 15th Birthday!

Members of OWN Sutherland recently celebrated their 15th birthday.

Click here to read an article published in the St George Sutherland Shire Leader about the group: SUTHERLAND SHIRE OLDER WOMEN


Older Women’s Network NSW – 2nd Quarterly Meeting, 2016

OWN NSW and Bankstown Wellness Centre cordially invite all members to our second Quarterly Meeting to be held at Bankstown on Thursday 26th May.

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016, 11am – 12:45pm.
Venue:The Georges River Room, Bankstown Sports, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown.
Free parking is available, enter via Greenfield Pde or Mona Street.
Bankstown Sports is a 5 minutes walk from the South Terrace exit at Bankstown Station.

Click here for the agenda: OWN Quarterly Meeting 26 May 2016.


Older Women’s Network NSW – 1st Quarterly Meeting, 2016

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

Please make a note in your diary that the Quarterly Meeting is being hosted by Sutherland Wellness. It would be great to see many groups represented. It will commence at 10am at the Club on East, 7 East Parade, Sutherland which is a very short walk from Sutherland Station.

Older Women’s Network Australia – International Women’s Day event – “A Fairer Future”

Date:Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:15am to 12:30pm
Venue: NSW Parliament House Auditorium, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
RSVP: online and complete registration form, or phone Mary on 0404 735 698 or 0420 785 335 for enquiries.

Special guest speakers:
The Hon. Susan Ryan AO: Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.
Ms Kasy Chambers: Executive Director, Anglicare Australia.
The Hon. Pru Goward MP: NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Assistant Minister for Health and Minister for Women.
Ms Ludo McFerran: Author, member Women and Work Research Group (Syd Uni), Human Rights Community Award recipient, member International Domestic Violence at Work Network
Ms Nicole Watson: Indigenous academic, lawyer and writer.

Tickets $20 OWN Members, $30 non-members. Credit card payments available via PayPal (membership of PayPal is not required).

Click here for the  2016 IWD Event Flyer

OWN NSW Older Women’s Wellness Expo

Date: Thursday 7th April 2016

As part of Seniors Week, OWN NSW are hosting a Wellness Expo in Newtown. The expo aims to enhance the wellbeing of older women, support community connections and promote positive ageing. There will be stalls, performances, demonstrations, interactive activities and wellness presentations. More details to come! We look forward to you joining us on the day.

Yes we made it, OWN has moved!

Our new address is 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
Ph: 02 9519 8044
FX: 02 9519 8033

HELP – We need you now!

OWN has played a valuable role in influencing government policy for the past 25 years, and our objectives and guiding principles remain very relevant.
But OWN, like other Not for Profit organisations, operates in an environment where governments are reducing, or axing funding, and definitely increasing, or changing, requirements that we must conform to in order to qualify for government funding.
The OWN NSW Management Team is thus in the process of taking stock of what is needed to survive and be effective as a progressive, challenging and relevant organisation; with sound management that constantly seeks to support and work with OWN groups.
That process has been started including identifying the areas of work the Management Team is responsible for. We hope members will rise to the challenge and nominate to be a member of a subcommittee, or the Management Team when vacancies come up.
We are aiming to provide a firm base for future work and the survival of OWN.

The sub committees identified so far are:
Events: Planning conferences, quarterly meetings, parties etc, new location
Communication: Responsible for brochures, website, OWN stories etc, Media
Risk and compliance: policies and procedures, insurance, partnerships with other groups
Financial: financial reports, banking, audit, payroll
HR: Staff records, recruitment, job description, staff support
Secretariat: Minutes, agendas, letters, phone calls
Policy and research: Wellness, Elections 2015, attend conferences and report.
Office for Ageing: Work Plan obligations and responsibilities, contact with Ministers of Government, other relevant organisations.

Probably none of us know everything about all of these areas, but together we do know a lot and, let’s face it, we are creative! Sharing the work means that we all do a bit and it can be fun, not a burden. And the future of OWN depends on it!
Opportunities for training and/or support will be available.

Why not have a go and call OWN office, Monday or Tuesdays, or email us on and let us know you’re interested.

Older Women’s Network NSW – Quarterly Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 27 August 2015

Details will be sent to all Group and Wellness Centre Co-ordinators shortly, but for now ‘save the date’.

Older Women’s Network Australia – 23rd Annual Conference – “Making Connection”

Date: Monday 19 October 2015
Venue: Goodearth Hotel, 195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA
RSVP: 11th Sept 2015
Post: Mrs. Julienne Thomas, Older Women’s Network WA Inc., 7 Bottlebrush Drive, Thornlie, WA 6108

Discount accommodation has been arranged for delegates through the Goodearth Hotel, so make sure you mention the conference when booking in. If you are thinking of going please let us know in the OWN NSW office and we can make sure we put you in touch with other OWN NSW members who may also be heading to the conference.

Click here for the Conference Program and Registration Form